One particular dragon, a fierce-looking, if smaller, black wyvern let out a piercing screech and lunged forward, straight toward us. Cassia hissed in anger, frost already swirling around her fingertips as she prepared herself to take out the enemy headed her way.
Great. This was getting better and better. Back in Terra Dracones, I'd seen some memorable clashes between females, but while those battles had been impressive, I suspected they would be nothing compared to what would happen should I not stop the reckless new arrival from stirring my treasure's anger further.
The gods were not entirely against me today, and the distance between us and the black wyvern, while not great, still gave me the opening I needed to intervene. I flew ahead, placing myself between Cassia and her attacker. "Don't!"
"Kerryn, what in the world are you doing?" Cassia snarled at me. "If this is another case of you thinking I can't handle—"
"My hatchling!" the black wyvern shouted at the same time, cutting Cassia off mid-sentence. "You're alive!"
Behind me, Cassia went still, and I suppressed a flinch. My female was at her most dangerous when she seemed utterly calm, and her current reaction did not bode well for my future.
I desperately wanted to find a method to do damage control, but I didn't get the chance to even make the attempt. The black wyvern pounced on me and started to nuzzle me with her snout, checking me over for injuries with her tail. "Oh, my poor baby!" she exclaimed. "What happened? Were you imprisoned? Wounded? Are you in any pain?"
I felt Cassia's gaze burning into my back. Through the corner of my eye, I caught sight of Raijin and Emmerich hovering nearby. I didn't know what was worse, my chagrin over the fact that my female was witnessing the entire scene or the knowledge that the other two dragons would never let me hear the end of it.
This was a punishment. It had to be. I'd deemed Lerna's tendency to call me "little Kerryn" embarrassing. This was a million times worse.
"Greetings, Mother," I said, hoping to keep her from erupting into further effusive declarations of affection. "I'm perfectly fine and not injured in any way. Your concerns were unwarranted."
"Oh?" My mother flew back and shot me a baleful look. "Why then did you not return to Terra Dracones? And why are you keeping company with a firedrake, a ryū, and a human mage?"
I would've liked to point out that she was technically keeping company with firedrakes and ryūs as well, and that Cassia was no human mage. However, correcting my mother in a way that would not make her already volatile temper explode would've been a challenge even for dragons far more tactful than I was.
On the other hand, she seemed to think that I'd been taken captive, which was a misconception I needed to correct at once. Despite my natural apprehension, I might have done just that, but before I could come up with an adequate response, the rest of the group reached our side. "Give the lad some room, Brigid," my father said. "I'm sure there must be some kind of explanation."
"Let us rejoice in the fact that they are unhurt," the female ryū I recognized as Raijin's mother added in a soft tone. "As long as that is the case, we can clarify the matter in time."
The relief that swamped me at her intervention was nigh overwhelming. It also didn't last.
"Actually, I'd like to clarify the matter now," Cassia said. "Kerryn, Raijin, Emmerich... I'm waiting."
Oh, shit. We were so fucked.
A firedrake, a wyvern and a ryū walked into the life of a snow queen and melted the ice over her heart. But what happens when their bond brings about some unexpected consequences?
It's incredibly liberating to be the soulmate of three dragons. It may sound odd considering how possessive and protective they are of me, but it's true. They make me feel like I'm a woman, not just a queen, and that is precious to me. It's not always easy, and we're still adjusting to our new bond, but I'm up to the challenge.
That is, until it becomes obvious that my beloved soulmates haven't been completely straightforward with me, and their forgetfulness brings their fuming, concerned families knocking at my proverbial doors.
Suddenly I'm being assaulted by questions about hatchlings, debates on the merits of evisceration and far too many unfortunate comments regarding my decisions and how my relationship with my dragons is supposed to go.
Between the unexpected visit of my would-be in-laws and the return of a ghost from the past, I have my work cut out for me. Why do things always have to snowball in The Realm of Eternal Ice?
Frozen Flames is a reverse harem fantasy romance that contains explicit 18+ sexual content, no infidelity and a happily ever after with no cliffhangers. Part of the Harem of Seasons series, the Winter's Dragons arc. (Releases for the series will come out all throughout 2019).
One exasperated snow queen who simply can't find reliable help. Three dragons who really just want to claim their female. What could possibly go wrong?
A firedrake, a wyvern and a ryū walked into a tavern...
It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, and honestly, it really is. But I don't find it all that amusing, considering that it's not a tavern they've stumbled into, but my territory.
Apparently, it's somehow become my duty to settle a dispute between three Alpha males who have more fire power than sense. Sometimes it is not at all enjoyable to be the avatar of Winter.
I suppose that, strange or not, the situation does come with its advantages. They may provide me with better company than my current, somewhat useless underlings. Even a woman with ice flowing through her veins likes having her bed warm once in a while, and if nothing else, it'll make my sisters so jealous.
Melting Ice is a reverse harem fantasy romance that contains explicit 18+ sexual content, no infidelity and a happily ever after with no cliffhangers. Part of the Harem of Seasons series, the Winter's Dragons arc. (Releases for the series will come out all throughout 2019).